Nailsea Ladies denied victory by late goal

PUBLISHED: 14:59 15 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:59 15 February 2017

Nailsea Ladies were held to a draw by Clifton, who scored a late goal to share the points.

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 1

Clifton Ladies 1

With improved performances over recent matches, Nailsea Ladies started this match with confidence, playing strong quick passes and threatening the Clifton defence.

For much of the game it was end to end, but Nailsea kept up the fast pace set by the youthful Clifton side.

Nailsea kept to their own game plan and continued looking dangerous in attack. Reward came midway through the half, when a shot on goal was saved by the keeper, but the rebound fell to Charlie Hogg, who was quick to convert by lifting over the keeper.

Clifton kept forcing the pace, but the home side midfield of Rachel Clarke, Gee Corner and Helen Harrington worked tirelessly to keep control.

Nailsea were in good spirits coming out a goal up for the second half and were determined to protect their lead. Clifton were not about to give up though and kept Nailsea on the run.

The determined midfield chased and intercepted and for her efforts Gee Corner took player of the match. Meantime, Nailseas’ defence had to absorb renewed Clifton pressure.

Keeper Jen Roach was called upon to make several good saves, while the defence fought to contain the desperate Clifton side. Towards the end of the half, Clifton forced a run of six penalty corners, all of which Nailsea were unable to cleanly clear.

On the seventh attempt, a defended ball fell kindly to a Clifton player who clinically hit home to level the scores.

With five minutes left to play, both sides were keen to get a win from this match. It was Nailsea, however, who had the best chance, when a quick free hit found Ali Davis in the D and striking for goal only to watch it go narrowly wide.

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